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Balance Integration

Since the 1960’s, NASA has supported and funded some of the basic scientific research that has attempted to understand how the sense of balance, or vestibular system, operates, and how balance effects brain processing and sensory integration. This research has changed our understanding of how the brain works. It has shown that activities that involve balance can have a significant effect on visual processing, reading, and learning efficiency and academic performance.

As a quarterback, in the game of football, receives the ball from the center and drops back to pass, his brain must begin to process and plan the next events. He must maintain a high degree of balance throughout the throwing motion. In order to do this, his brain must compute a counter-balancing movement in order to compensate for the missile launching or throwing motion.

The three dimensional referencing system provided by the vestibular system allows our brain to develop structures to create language, to think and create linguistically, and to read and write. The coordination of all of the brain’s timing processes is dependent upon and referenced to inertial gravitational information provided by the vestibular system.

The following are instruments that we use in our therapy sessions:Belgau Balance Board: Activities on the board improve the integration and timing of both hemispheres of the brain, as well as the integration and resolution of the vestibular, visual, kinesthetic, and tactile senses. Click here for more information – Belgau Balance Board Rotation Board: Activities done on the Rotation Board stimulate the areas of the brain responsible for projecting visual and auditory space and help to resolve the inability of the brain to construct a meaningful three dimensional model of the environment. Click here for more information – Rotation Board Variable Difficulty Balance Beam (Walking Rail): The Variable Difficulty Balance Beam requires the individual to develop well ordered, precise foot movements which improve the integration between the tactile, kinesthetic, vestibular, and visual processes. Click here for more information – Variable Difficulty Balance Beam (Walking Rail)

Interactive Metronome: As timing improves, the student’s attention, concentration, sequencing and motor planning all get better. We have seen many children and adults improve from initial scores in the 200 millisecond range to ending scores in the 20 millisecond range. Click here for more information – Interactive Metronome